News Briefs 6/19/2008
Finally, some long-awaited changes appear on the horizon.The
New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
has proposed amended rules to provide greater accessibility
and expanded recreational opportunities on City-owned land
in the watershed. The new rules are being promulgated primarily
to allow New York City to open certain lands without the need
for a DEP Access Permit in a manner that is consistent with
recreational uses permitted on New York State-owned recreational
lands managed by the NYS Department of Conservation (DEC).
Under the amended rules, the only authorization needed on
these City lands will be the applicable DEC hunting, fishing
and trapping licenses for conducting these activities.
Public hearings on the rules changes, including one at Belleayre
Mountain, are set for the coming weeks.
“We are very pleased that Catskills residents and visitors
will have access to some City lands and not worry about whether
they are trespassing without a permit,” said Alan Rosa,
Executive Director of the Catskill Watershed Corporation.
“It makes sense to treat publicly-owned lands the same,
whether they are owned by the State or by New York City, and
we commend the DEP and the DEC for reaching this important
Dennis Lucas, Supervisor of the Town of Hunter and Chairman
of the Coalition of Watershed Towns, said, “I applaud
this positive move by DEP. It is further evidence of the strong
partnership between the City and the people of the Catskills.
That partnership is helping to achieve our common goals of
preserving and enhancing the economic vitality of watershed
communities, while protecting important natural resources
in the region..”
The amended rules will create a new property designation,
“Public Access Area,” where public hiking, fishing,
hunting, and trapping would be allowed without any DEP permits.
Initially, this category will include the majority of City
lands adjacent to DEC-managed properties. The City plans to
expand this category to include certain additional lands which
are not immediately adjacent to DEC-managed properties.
“Designated Use Area” is another new property
designation proposed where DEP may designate specific recreational
uses (e.g. hiking and rollerblading). In Designated Use Areas,
a DEP Access Permits will not be required.
Hunting will be expanded to include all legal species, seasons,
and implements allowed under State law. Trapping will be permitted
on certain designated properties. Under the proposed rules,
the eligible hunting age is lowered to 12 years old, consistent
with State law. However, gun hunting is prohibited within
500 feet of a reservoir or controlled lake.
NYC DEP will hold a hearing on the proposed rules at Belleayre
Ski Mountain in Highmount on June 25 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Next up... swimming and canoes?
A Route 28 motorist had the fear of God put into her Sunday
in Shandaken when her vehicle crashed into vehicles parked
alongside the highway in front of the Shandaken Methodist
Church during Sunday’s Sermon. Witnesses report that
the vehicle’s driver, an unidentified woman, had passed
out while behind the wheel, causing her vehicle to veer off
course and strike the parked cars. Every Sunday such vehicles
line the shoulders of the highway on both sides as Churchgoers
attend the morning service.
No arrests were reported, although police said there were
A 76-year-old Kingston woman was flown to St. Francis Hospital
in Poughkeepsie with head injuries on Thursday, June 12 after
the car in which she was riding was rear-ended on state Route
28. State police said Samantha Brightly, 32, of Hudson, had
stopped her Nissan sedan on Route 28 about 5 p.m. when a Jeep
driven by Amie Sinnott, 31, of Saugerties, crashed into the
back of the car, causing extensive damage. Caroline Matzen
of Kingston, the front-seat passenger in the Nissan, suffered
a head injury, which police said was not life-threatening.
Matzen was taken by ambulance to a helicopter landing zone
near the state police barracks on U.S. Route 209 in Ulster
and was flown to the hospital from there.
Police said Sinnott was at fault in the accident, because
she was driving too close to the Nissan, but they did not
know how fast she was going. They did say Sinnott’s
speed did not appear to be excessive and that she would not
Brightly suffered minor injuries and was taken to Kingston
Hospital by ambulance, and Stinnott refused medical attention,
The accident scene took about an hour to clear, but Route
28 stayed open throughout, police said.
FBI statistics for total number of crimes and numbers of violent
crimes in the Hudson Valley and Catskills regions in 2007
show some counties facing more and some less. In terms of
total crime, the numbers decreased from 2006 to 2007 in Columbia,
Rockland, Ulster, and Westchester. They stayed the same in
Putnam County and rose in Delaware, Dutchess, Greene, Orange,
and Sullivan. Violent crimes increased last year in Columbia,
Delaware, Dutchess, Orange, and Rockland counties. Violent
crimes fell in all other counties with Putnam seeing the greatest
drop at almost 24 percent.
Delaware County had an increase of just under 17 percent.
Ulster and Westchester each saw drops of about 11 percent.
Rockland saw slightly above eight percent and Sullivan had
just under eight percent increase.
Violent crimes rose just over seven percent in Orange County,
by 4.6 percent in Dutchess County and by under four percent
in Greene County. Columbia County violent crime rose by three
Three projects in Greene County and one in Ulster County were
approved for funding under a new Catskill Watershed Corporation
(CWC) program intended to reduce the potential for damage
and injury resulting from floods.
The Stream Corridor Protection Program funds proposals to
mitigate or correct conditions that present an imminent and
substantial danger to people or property in hamlets, villages
and populated areas. At its May 27 meeting, the CWC Board
of Directors approved the first four grants under the program.
Ulster County Soil & Water Conservation District will
use $48,112 to repair and rework some aspects of an Esopus
Creek stream restoration demonstration project in Woodland
Valley. Damage done to the project by flooding in 2005 will
be corrected by the installation of two rock veins extending
into the creek, grading the slope and planting vegetation.
The CWC Board of Directors also approved four low-interest
loans on May 27. John Houshmand (Houshco LLC) plans to use
his loan to expand and relocate his high-end wood furnishings
manufacturing facility to a new location three miles from
the current site at Scotch Valley Ranch on Roses Brook Road
near Hobart, Delaware County. Houshmand creates specialty
items from walnut, cherry, oak and other woods and markets
them around the world. New Paltz psychologist Kathleen Caproni,
doing business as North Star Sun Creek Building, will utilize
her loan to construct and develop a behavioral psychotherapy
and healing arts practice with five other practitioners. The
2700-foot, two-story office building will be built at 8 Sun
Creek Lane, Stone Ridge, in the Watershed Town of Marbletown.
Marietta Hanley and Caroline Ciraulo (SparrrowHawk Affaires
LLC) will purchase and operate the SparrowHawk Bed and Breakfast
on Route 209, Stone Ridge. The mother/daughter business team
will also add a greenhouse and grow organic vegetables to
serve at the inn.
The CWC is a non-profit, local development corporation responsible
for several environmental protection, economic development
and education programs in the New York City Watershed West
of the Hudson River. For more information, go to www.cwconline.org,
or call toll-free 877-928-7433.
A Pennsylvania property owner who leases his land for natural
gas drilling told members of the Sullivan County Partnership
recently that local landowners need to exercise caution when
signing to allow drilling on their property. The Catskills,
many are saying, could see hundreds of millions of dollars
in economic impact should more property owners in the region
decide to contract with gas companies to drill for natural
gas on their land, but one man warned that poor planning could
result in disappointments.
Thomas Shepstone, a Wayne County, Pennsylvania resident, leased
his land along with over 40 other landowners – an association
totaling nearly 5,000 acres – and gave members an idea
of what to look for in a “suitable” contract.
“I think what matters is that you get the proper addenda
in there to deal with issues like the upfront well fee, the
shut-in fee, some of the environmental protections,”
Shepstone advised at the meeting. He also warned homeowners
to not led greed get in the way. “The money is obviously
important, but it’s a balance between the upfront fee
and the royalties, and the whole addenda. Those things all
have to be balanced.”
Family’s Michael Berg, the Rev. Darlene Lee Kelley and
county social services Commissioner Roberto Rodriguez will
discuss “Poverty in Kingston” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday,
June 25 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the
Catskills, 320 Sawkill Road, Kingston. Panelists are expected
to discuss the problems of those under financial stress in
our area; such as low paid workers, single parents, seniors,
the unemployed, etc. Topics to be covered will include the
significance of poverty in Kingston, the programs available
to address the problem, sources of funding, and the quality
of support from the community and public officials.
Kelley is pastor of the Clinton Avenue United Methodist Church
in Kingston and director of the Caring Hands Soup Kitchen.
The church has a daily lunch and food pantry program, sponsors
a GED class, hosts weekly Narcotics Anonymous meetings, and
offers a free legal clinic. Berg is the executive director
of Family of Woodstock, Inc., which maintains residences for
runaway and homeless youth, a 19-bed shelter for men and women,
a soon-to-be 27-bed shelter for homeless families, a 17-bed
domestic violence shelter; and two supervised living programs
for homeless adolescents. There are a variety of non-residential
programs and Family is a lead agency in the development of
HIV/AIDS services. Rodriguez, commissioner of the Ulster County
Department of Social Services, oversees a staff of 320 employees.
His department is responsible for the delivery of such social
services programs as Temporary Assistance, Medicaid, adult
and children’s services, nutritional programs, and daycare.
He has worked to improve access and communication with clients,
providers, and collaborating agencies.
For information, call 340-9512.
The state Assembly recently passed legislation to permanently
extend a law giving municipalities located within the Catskill
Park the option of participating in the Hudson River Valley
Greenway program. If this bill is not enacted by the end of
the year, the Towns of Denning, Olive and Woodstock will lose
their status as Greenway Communities.
The towns in Ulster and Greene County which are in the Catskill
Park were expressly prohibited from joining the Greenway under
the 1991 law which created the program. In 2006, the Legislature
passed legislation expanding the initiative to include the
Towns of Denning, Shandaken, Olive, Woodstock and Hardenburgh.
After gaining eligibility, Woodstock, Olive and Denning all
joined the program. This new bill is needed by the end of
the year to allow these towns to continue to participate in
the Greenway if they so choose.
Shandaken was withheld from applying after its former administration
balked at the outside help.
State Senator John Bonacic is now expected to help marshall
the measure through his branch of the state legislature.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has given
86 Picturing America awards to schools and libraries within
New York’s 22nd Congressional District. Picturing America
is a free initiative that helps teach American history and
culture by bringing some of the country’s great art
directly to classrooms and libraries.
In New York’s 22nd Congressional District, 86 institutions
have been awarded Picturing America. They join the over 26,000
schools and public libraries across the country that will
participate in the program. Successful applicants will receive
40 large, high-quality reproductions of great American art
and a comprehensive teachers resource book to assist educators
using the works of art in core subjects. Delivery of these
materials is scheduled for August 2008. The schools and libraries
in New York’s 22nd Congressional District receiving
the awards include Accord, Grahamsville, Highland, Kingston,
Liberty, Livingston Manor, Marlboro, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie,
Roscoe, and Saugerties.
The NEH will offer Picturing America to more schools and libraries
through a future enrollment opportunity beginning in August
2008. All eligible schools and public libraries in the U.S.
and its territories who have not previously received Picturing
America may apply for the program from August 4 through October
31, 2008 at PicturingAmerica.neh.gov.
In addition to schools and libraries, through an interagency
agreement, NEH and the Administration for Children and Families
within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
will work together to make Picturing America available to
the 20,000 Head Start centers around the nation. This partnership
will provide for the development of materials to supplement
Picturing America and ensure that the program will enhance
early childhood development and family literacy. Picturing
America is distributed by the NEH in cooperation with the
American Library Association.
That Other Resort
The would-be developers of the massive Tom Carvel property
planned for a major golf and condominium resort near the Taconic
Parkway in Dutchess County are working to put “something
else on the table” for the town Planning Board to consider.
The goal is to develop a plan that works for developers while
addressing the environmental, social and cultural concerns
of the community, after years of controversy..
A total of 951 residences initially were proposed for the
2,200-acre property, split between the towns of Milan and
Pine Plains. The Durst Organization and Landmark Land Co.
are partners in the planned housing and golfing community.
Numerous local residents opposed the size and scale of the
project during recent public hearings.
A new staff ecologist for the proposed development has said
he is now considering ecosystems and cultural and rural character
along state Route 199 and noted that he identified seven important
views along the road, including vistas of bogs, farmland and
hills. The next step is to complete a new environmental analysis
and then develop a plan around it.
P lanning Board member Sarah Jones said she was “very
encouraged” by the developers’ new approach but
said she was confused about which direction the project was
going… except that it still plans to stay a major golf
The difference in death rates between highly educated and
poorly educated people in the United States is very wide and
growing wider, according to new research.
For Americans with less than a high school education, the
risk of dying prematurely is on the increase - rising most
quickly for white women in that category. In contrast, the
risk of premature death among college graduates is falling
- fastest of all for black men.
White high school dropouts are four times as likely to die
young as white college graduates, up from a threefold difference
in the early 1990s. Among blacks, the trend is similar but
The study, published online, is the second this spring to
reveal an ominous trend toward worsening health and earlier
death in disadvantaged segments of the population, especially
in certain groups of women.
A co-author, Robert N. Anderson of the National Center for
Health Statistics, said the growing gap “says something
about the overall health of our population.” He added:
“The haves seem to be doing quite well, and their mortality
is going down. But those who don’t have their resources
are not doing so well.”
White female high school dropouts had the greatest erosion
in their health, with their mortality rate rising by a little
more than 3 percent a year over the nine-year period. A greater
number of accidents, heart attacks, and cases of emphysema
and cancer were responsible for about half this increase.
White male high school dropouts also had an increase in their
risk of dying prematurely rise, by about 1 percent a year.
Increasing numbers of accidents, suicides and cancers were
White male high school dropouts were 4.4 times as likely to
die prematurely as white male college graduates. For white
women, mortality in dropouts was 3.8 times that of college
In general, education had a stronger influence on mortality
in men than in women. This was true for both blacks and whites.
The study did not explore the reasons for the disparities,
but the researchers were willing to speculate: tobacco, obesity
and high blood pressure.
Margaretville Hospital received a Special Recognition Award
from the New York State Police on May 28 in honor of the facility’s
work during the April 2007 shootings involving three police
Chief Executive Officer Ed Morache accepted the award on behalf
of the hospital in a ceremony in Albany. The certificate was
presented “In recognition and acknowledgement of outstanding
service to the division of state police.”
At the ceremony, State Police Colonel Anthony Ellis recalled
the hospital staff’s professionalism and expertise in
treating the wounded troopers by reading a letter composed
by State Police Superintendent Harry Corbitt. The superintendent
recalled the events of April 25, 2007: “Upon Trooper
Richard G. Mattson’s arrival at the hospital, he was
immediately attended to by a group of physicians, physician’s
assistants and nurses. The medical staff focused their efforts
on stabilizing Trooper Mattson and stemming the heavy bleeding
emanating from the traumatic, life-threatening gunshot wound
to his left arm. The medical staff worked expeditiously to
stabilize Trooper Mattson’s wound, protect against further
hemorrhaging and prepare him for transport to Albany Medical
The letter continued: “As Trooper David Brinkerhoff
arrived at Margaretville Hospital, the Emergency Room staff
assured state police personnel that all possible measures
were being taken. A third trooper, Matthew Gombosi, was shot
and wounded the previous day triggering a massive manhunt
that ended with the death of Trooper Brinkerhoff and fugitive
Some 39% of those ages 30+ in a recent survey said their high
school persona impacted their careers. The CareerBuilder press
release said its poll of 6,000 full-time employees at least
30 years old asked participants to describe their high school
persona - athlete, honor society, drama club, class clown,
etc. - and then compared those personas with respondents job
level, salary, industry ,and job satisfaction.
“While there are a variety of factors that determine
one’s career path, high school involves learning experiences
inside and outside the classroom that can shape interests
and personal networks at an early age. It’s essentially
a stepping stone into a world of opportunity,” said
Rosemary Haefner, Vice President of Human Resources at CareerBuilder.com,
in the announcement.
The study suggests cheerleaders were more likely to hold a
vice president role. Those who were in student government
and teacher’s pets had the greatest number in director/manager/team
lead positions today (24%). Teacher’s pets also had
the greatest number of workers holding administrative/clerical
positions (41%). Former honor society members,
athletes and geeks were more drawn toward professional and
technical services positions at 59%, 55% and 52%, respectively.
The study found former student government members were more
likely to report making a six-figure salary, with 12% stating
they are paid an annual salary of $100,000 or more. Ten percent
of honor society members said they earn six figures, followed
by 7% of athletes, geeks, and class clowns.
Student government and honor society members and athletes
ranked highest among those who earn an annual salary of $50,000
or more at 49%, 47%, and 45%, respectively. Teacher’s
pets were more likely to report earning less than $35,000
per year (37%).
Drama club was also ranked as one of the highest among personas
in public administration/government. More geeks reported holding
positions in engineering and retail than other personas, while
teacher’s pets were ranked as one of the highest in
construction and banking and finance.
Job satisfaction levels are highest among teacher’s
pets and cheerleaders. Eighty-one percent of teacher’s
pets and 76% of cheerleaders said they are satisfied with
their jobs . Geeks and class clowns had the greatest number
who reported dissatisfaction with their jobs at 21% and 18%,
Silver dental fillings contain mercury, and the government
for the first time is warning that they may pose a safety
concern for pregnant women and young children. The Food and
Drug Administration posted the precaution on its Web site
earlier this month, to settle a lawsuit - making the move
a victory for anti-mercury activists. The warning, they say,
is not aimed at the general population, only at two groups
already urged to limit mercury from another source - seafood
- because too much can harm a developing brain.
The fillings, formally known as dental amalgams, “contain
mercury, which may have neurotoxic effects on the nervous
systems of developing children and fetuses,” reads the
FDA Web posting. That doesn’t mean it truly harms, the
FDA adds, advising against removing existing fillings.
The agency still is studying whether the small amount of mercury
vapor released by chewing and brushing is enough to cause
neurologic disorders or other problems in youngsters. There
have been only a handful of rigorous studies comparing children
given either amalgam fillings or tooth-colored resin composite
fillings that are mercury-free - and those studies haven’t
detected any brain problems.
Nor has that research settled the long-simmering scientific
controversy. Two years ago, the FDA’s own independent
scientific advisers said that while amalgam fillings were
safe for most people, more research was needed about potential
effects on fetuses and children under 6. And this spring,
the FDA put dentists on notice that it is considering additional
controls, including whether to require warnings that would
advise consumers of the mercury in amalgams before they have
a cavity filled, or perhaps even restrict use in small children
and certain other patients. It is accepting public comments
until July 28.
Plastic shower curtains and liners sold at big-box retailers
release chemicals associated with cancer, liver and nervous
system damage, an environmental group contends.
The Center for Health, Environment and Justice wants the feds
to recall and ban all polyvinyl chloride bath curtains and
“The familiar ‘new curtain smell’ may be
toxic to your health,” said Mike Schade, the center’s
PVC campaign coordinator. “It’s really surprising
that retailers are manufacturing products that contain and
release harmful chemicals in our homes.”
The Washington, D.C.-based group tested five house-brand curtains
and liners sold by Wal-Mart, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target,
K-Mart and Sears. All contained phthalates, chemicals that
make plastic soft, and metals. One curtain made by Wal-Mart
expelled high levels of gases called volatile organic compounds
for the first three days after it was opened.
Consumers have complained on company Web sites about headaches
and nausea after opening the items. But critics said the study
was flawed and tested too few products to be conclusive.
No studies have connected the products to illnesses in consumers.
Exposure to high levels of chemicals in PVC-manufacturing
plants and in animal tests has been associated with increased
Airing out a plastic curtain for a week before hanging it
up should bring volatile organic compounds down to acceptable
So gas is high. What, besides our distances, are the current
disadvantages to driving in rural areas?
Across broad swaths of the South, Southwest, the upper Great
Plains, and rural New York state, the combination of low incomes,
high gas prices and heavy dependence on pickup trucks and
vans is putting an even tighter squeeze on family budgets.
People are giving up meat so they can buy fuel. Gasoline theft
is rising. And drivers are running out of gas more often,
leaving their cars by the side of the road until they can
scrape together gas money.
The disparity between rural America and the rest of the country
is a matter of simple home economics. Nationwide, Americans
are now spending about 4 percent of their take-home income
on gasoline. By contrast, in some rural counties, that figure
has surpassed 13 percent. As a result, gasoline expenses are
rivaling what families spend on food and housing.
Economists say that despite widespread concern about gasoline
prices, the nationwide impact of the oil crisis has so far
been gentler than during the oil crises of the 1970s and 1980s,
when shortages caused long lines at the pump, set off inflation
and drove the economy into recession.
Americans on average now spend about 4 percent of their after-tax
income on transportation fuels, according to Brian A. Bethune,
an economist at Global Insight, a forecasting firm. That compares
with 4.5 percent in early 1981, the highest point since World
War II. At its lowest point, in 1998, that share dropped to
Sociologists and economists who study rural poverty say the
gasoline crisis, if it persists, could accelerate population
loss and decrease the tax base in some areas as more people
move closer to urban manufacturing jobs. They warn that the
high cost of driving makes low-wage labor even less attractive
to workers, especially those who also have to pay for child
care and can live off welfare and food stamps.
“As gas prices rise, working less could be the economically
rational choice,” said Tim Slack, a sociologist at Louisiana
State University who studies rural poverty. “That would
mean lower incomes for the poor and greater distance from
The Ulster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating
an assault on a man in his apartment that took place in the
early morning hours of Friday, June 6 in rural Rochester near
the Olive hamlet of Samsonville. Four Hispanic men are reported
to have gone to 22 Leghorn Road looking for a man who lives
in an upstairs apartment. The resident of the downstairs apartment
asked them who they were looking for and at that point, they
forced their way into his apartment where his finance and
young children were. One of the men punched him in the head
and another pointed a handgun at him. The tenant was able
to fend off the attackers and struck one in the face with
the butt end of a legally owned shotgun.The four assailants
fled in an unknown direction in a white Ford Expedition with
no front license plate.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Ulster County
sheriff’s Office at 845-338-3640. All calls will be
Voting is as American as mom and apple pie - the more votes
cast, the better for democracy, right? Not necessarily. Efforts
to gradually increase California’s pool of voters by
targeting young teenagers are splitting the Capitol along
party lines. Democrats support, Republicans oppose.
The issue came to a head recently with California Assembly
Bill 1819, which would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to preregister
to vote, qualifying them automatically when they reach 18.
The bill passed the Assembly and was sent to the Senate last
month on a party-line vote, 45-31, with no GOP support.
“The truth is, when you’re young you tend to think
like a liberal,” opponents said. “As you get older
and wiser ... you tend to become more conservative.”
Polls by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California
have found that among voters 18 to 24, Democrats lead in voter
registration with 40 percent, followed by independents, 31
percent; Republicans, 22 percent; and minor-party supporters,
7 percent. Nearly half of California’s public school
students are Latino, a key Democratic constituency, so boosting
high school registration also could increase the proportion
of minority voters gradually - potentially affecting legislative
GOP lawmakers say young teens are not mature enough to choose
a political party; campus sign-ups could spark partisan recruiting;
counties would incur record-keeping costs; and 18-year-olds
who leave town for college would have to reregister anyway.
Marijuana potency increased last year to the highest level
in more than 30 years, posing greater health risks to people
who may view the drug as harmless, according to a report released
recently by the White House. The latest analysis from the
University of Mississippi’s Potency Monitoring Project
tracked the average amount of THC, the psychoactive ingredient
in marijuana, in samples seized by law enforcement agencies
from 1975 through 2007. It found that the average amount of
THC reached 9.6 percent in 2007, compared with 8.75 percent
the previous year. The 9.6 percent level represents more than
a doubling of marijuana potency since 1983, when it averaged
just under 4 percent.
While the drug’s potency may be rising, marijuana users
generally adjust to the level of potency and smoke it accordingly,
said Dr. Mitch Earleywine, who teaches psychology at the State
University of New York in Albany and serves as an adviser
for marijuana advocacy groups. “Stronger cannabis leads
to less inhaled smoke,” he said.
The White House office attributed the increases in marijuana
potency to sophisticated growing techniques that drug traffickers
are using at sites in the United States and Canada.
The project analyzed data on 62,797 cannabis samples, 1,302
hashish samples, and 468 hash oil samples obtained primarily
from seizures by law enforcement agencies in 48 states since
Billboards, bumpers stickers, and lawn signs started appearing
this week in support of the expansion of Belleayre Mt. Ski
Center and the construction of the Belleayre Resort at Catskill
Park. According to Partners for Progress Chairman, Lewis Kolar,
the effort is part of a greater campaign to push the long-studied
Agreement to completion.
“We started last November in preparation for public
hearings and scoping sessions on the Agreement in Principle
to build these facilities,” said Kolar last week, “and
we’re not going to stop until we see a shovel in the
ground.” Kolar said that a newsletter outlining reasons
for supporting the compromise will hit local mail boxes next
week and that a petition drive launched in December will continue
on the group’s website, www.supportthecompromise.com
Kolar, along with Coalition to Save Belleayre Chairman Joe
Kelly, are spearheading efforts to “educate the public
on the benefits of the compromise and the importance of having
supporters speak out.
A man found dead along a hiking trail in the Catskill Mountain
State Park community of Hunter had a history of heart disease,
according to state police. Three women who were hiking the
Pekoy Blue Trail in Tanneresville on June 12 discovered the
body of 59-year-old Terry Finger of Columbia, Mo., according
to troopers at the Catskill barracks. Finger used to live
in Saugerties and was in the area visiting relatives, police
said. Senior Investigator Scott Youngblood said Finger had
a history of heart problems and, based on evidence at the
scene, foul play did not appear to be a factor in the death.
An autopsy was being conducted at St. Peter’s Hospital
Finger, who family members told police was an avid outdoorsman,
signed a park visitor’s log the day before he was found
after parking his vehicle. Police were unsure exactly when
Finger entered the trail but said he hiked between 2 and 3
miles before he died.